Climbing Mountains

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV.

These are difficult days that we live in for millions of people. From the prayer requests being posted at the Burning Bush website there appears to be an increase in desperation and an increase in urgency. Here are a few quotes:  

“I am struggling financially, emotionally, and physically….”
“Please pray for a miracle that my husband will find the job….”
“I am suffering emotionally, spiritually, financially. I am dead inside and I need a miracle to change my life.”
“…pray for a financial miracle and healing in my body.”
“Pray with me for financial break-through in my family.”
“Please pray…that God will provide the money for my electric bill this month.”
“Please pray for my son and his family. He is not working, his wife is carrying the load and now he has started using drugs.”

I have only climbed very small mountains that some would consider hills. However, even looking at a small mountain prior to climbing it, we can see in our minds the problems, hazards, and expenditure of energy that will be necessary. Usually we overestimate how difficult the climbing will actually be. Dennis Proffitt, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, has actually performed a study which concluded that most people when standing at the bottom of a hill will believe the impending climb looks a lot more difficult than it really is.

Profitt, in his study determined that people would consistently overestimate the slope of shallow hills. The people involved in the study, would judge five-degree slopes to be about 20 degrees. According to Profitt, there appears to be a mental protection mechanism at work here. The mental mechanism, causes the eye to overestimate the task at hand, which helps prevent you from overexerting yourself.

In modern life, the mountains we face are all too often not in the physical realm. However, they can be just as difficult to climb. It is easy to become discouraged in life. We can look at our work or the problems facing us and feel overwhelmed. It may only be a five-degree climb, but it looks completely vertical from where we stand. We face one problem after another, and they take a toll on our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual stamina. As a result, we may come to a standstill as far as doing anything for the Lord.

The apostle Paul would tell us to be steadfast, immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord. Yes, you may be facing another problem, but most likely it is not as bad as you think. Your mind is telling you it cannot be done, but Paul would say that you can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). Believe it! One step at a time. One day at a time, climb your mountain with the Lord by your side. He will give you the strength, the courage, the wisdom, and provide whatever else you may need along the way (Philippians 4:19).

(The mountains of life may not be as bad as they look.)

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